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Two-Spirit couple marries in Oklahoma!

They thought it wouldn't happen, but then they contacted the tribe....

http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/around-oklahoma/samesex-oklahoma-couple-marries-legally-under-tribal-law/-/12530084/22553184/-/101ihp0z/-/index.html

One activist inspires a cascade of activists against the KKK

From a friend in Oklahoma, a longtime reproductive choice advocate, here she takes on the KKK. This isn't news, but I found it uplifting.

Dear yellerpup,
I’ve been cleaning out my files and ran across this article. It reminded me of the story behind the story. In November 1995, a friend of mine faxed a flyer to me that had been received by a friend of his who worked for a used car agency. It was the announcement of a secret meeting of the KKK to take place in Tulsa about a week later. The fax cautioned people to go in the side door of the motel where the meeting was to be held (the Quality Inn at the airport), not to wear any KKK apparel, and not to mention the KKK to any of the employees of the motel. Apparently, used car lots are a lucrative recruiting ground for the KKK for them to fax such a secret message without directing it to an individual. I thought, “Poor babies. They have to recruit people they don’t even know. I think I’ll help them.” So immediately upon receiving the fax, I got busy. I faxed the “confidential memo” to all of the newspapers, TV and radio stations in Tulsa. I then called the Jewish Defamation League in NYC, faxed the flyer to them, and literally within 15 minutes, they had a recorded message on their national public phone line telling people to call Quality Inn management. I also called the head office of La Quinta to inform them of what their franchise hotel in Tulsa was doing. Then I sat back, relaxed, and awaited the fallout. It didn’t take long It came in the form of this article in which the national director of the KKK was quoted as saying: “Why did a New York-based Jewish organization of thugs call all the way to Oklahoma to scare innocent people working at a motel?”

The KKK did have its meeting the following March, but by then, everyone was on alert and there was a counter-demonstration sponsored by the City of Tulsa.



http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/KKK_Cancels_Meet_Following_Protests/541346

9mm America - Gun Control Advocates Should See This Powerful Show

Huffington Post Review --

As a gun reform advocate and theatre practitioner, I was excited to attend a performance of 9mm America, a play running now in New York City that sheds light on America's gun culture. Written by Girl Be Heard, a group of young women between the ages of 14-23, the play is unique in its perspective. Many of the girls in the cast come from neighborhoods where gun violence is prevalent and some of them are survivors of gun violence, having lost family members to gunfire. It is clear that their experience with tragedy has empowered them with a sense of responsibility to change something wrong with this country. And what is wrong, they tell us, is that "Gun violence is an addiction and America, you're an addict..."

The actors take us through the violent history of guns in America from the genocide of Native Americans, through slavery and the civil war, to the sensationalism of guns through our media coverage -- a destructive influence that has led to a growing sense of paranoia and the belief that a gun is needed to keep us safe from "all those other people who don't look like me." It is this paranoia and fear of "other" that perpetuates the vicious cycle of violence in the neighborhoods these young women call home. In their view, police assume every person of color they see is up to no good, and those same people of color assume the protection of the law does not apply to them. Having worked in prison, I've seen the consequences of this unfortunate dynamic. Young black and Hispanic men have taken the law into their own hands and ended up in jail, all because they didn't feel there was anyone else who would help them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-slegona-mcdonald/9mm-america_b_3400461.html

My Sleepytime Baby

Night, night, Mack.


Rescued on 4/23/2013

Mack (tabby) and Mabel (B&W) Sleeping



My regular vet wants a minimum of $1K for 2nd and 3rd vaccinations + rabies for both. No discounts for rescues. I think i'm going to check around. These two are my babies!

Great Evening of Fun and Food!

The Eagle Project is holding a fundraiser for Bill Yellowrobe, Jr. We are trying to raise money to produce his outstanding new play, "Wood Bones" in NYC next spring. If you are in the NYC area, please make a reservation and join us! Bring your friends! I just heard that the American Indian Community House in Manhattan is bringing fry bread (in addition to all the other great food!). Join us for a good cause and some mighty good eatin'.


GADUGI

(Everyone Paddles)

A Mid-Summer Celebration and Fundraiser for future production of Wood Bones by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.


All-You-Can-Eat Native Buffet, including
Chicken, Ribs, Venison, Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup, and more....
(prepared by Native playwright and Steering Committee member, Vicki Lynn Mooney)

Open Bar

Silent Auction and Raffle with prizes including:

The Late Show with David Letterman
The Public Theater
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Upright Citizen's Brigade
Tribeca Grill
Native Jewelry and More...

Featured Performances by Grammy Winner

Thirza Defoe

and

George Stonefish as the Evening's Master of Ceremonies


Wednesday, July 18th from 7pm to 9pm

130 West 17th Street, Loft 4N (btwn. 6th & 7th Avenues)

1 train to 18th Street
F, M to 14th Street
L to 6th Avenue


$30 for Singles and $50 for Couples with pre-paid reservation

$40 for Singles and $60 for Couples at the door

*To Make a Reservation: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255866

Gadugi is Cherokee for "Everyone Paddles." It also means if you have the chance to help someone, help them. In the Cherokee Nation, there are 'gadugi' events organized in every season of the year. People come together to build a home, for instance, refit an existing home for a disabled soldier or elder, dig a well, even lay a pipeline to bring water to a whole community. All volunteer and a traditional service everyone is honored to perform. "Everybody paddles." Gadugi! means everybody paddles NOW!


Can't Make the Event? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to Eagle Project, care of our Fiscal Sponsor, New York Live Arts. Just click on the link: https://donate.newyorklivearts.org/theeagleproject


This came into my email from the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance

Outrageous behavior on the part of the state, this letter spells out the journey of one man who tries to register to vote.


I am retired, seventy-seven years old, have enjoyed continuous driving privileges of 'drivers license' since age sixteen, white, and therefore have had no previous reason to be familiar with the process of getting a 'State ID'. I was appalled today by circumstances to have learned how suppressing the process is and wonder if it may be due to political design to make it difficult for less fortunate of our citizens to obtain required identification to vote in this state.

It all stated about three weeks ago. A friend who had just moved from another state told me that an employer had promised to hire him for a better-paying job if he had an Oklahoma Drivers License. So, I furnished him a ride to Department of Public Safety to get the license. I recall wondering at the time how difficult and time-consuming it would have been to get to DPS by himself without a vehicle or bus service. Nevertheless, once there and after presenting his official home state identification card, he was told Oklahoma does not recognize his North Carolina ID and that he would need an official Oklahoma Identification Card instead. He was told that to obtain such Oklahoma ID he would need his Social Security card (which had been lost with his wallet).

The next destination therefore was to the Social Security office and a long wait get a copy of his card. Instead, that office furnished him an officially stamped letter and told him that it should serve for all purposes until he received his card in the mail in about ten days. So back to the Department of Public Safety with it we went.

But once there, DPS would not accept the officially stamped Social Security office letter and my friend was told that he would have to have the actual card instead as well as a certified copy of his birth certificate.

I do not hesitate to admit that I was already beginning to become somewhat embarrassed with my home state in witnessing how my black friend was being given the 'run-around' treatment. Plus, I had not only already expended quite a lot of my own time but also my own gasoline money during the ridiculous process. But, that was not the least.

After spending an additional eighty of my own dollars to fund an expedited request to North Carolina Vital Statistics, receive his certified Birth Certificate by Fedex, and return with it to DPS, my friend was told by DPS that it was still not enough and recommenced the circular process all over again by refusing again to accept the only picture ID he has (his official North Carolina ID), i.e., to obtain an Oklahoma ID one must possess another Picture ID (such as one from another state) which Oklahoma will not accept.

If anyone can make sense of this process please let me know. But after having personally experienced being allowed to vote only by Provisional Ballot just last year at the same polling place where I have voted for the previous twenty-two years, I must continue to believe that is is designed simply to prevent minorities from voting in the state of Oklahoma. I don't really want to believe that mine is the same country that I and others have fought and risked our lives for still wants to suppress its citizens.

Potential 'terrorists'; non-existent 'voter fraud': subterfuge, not reasons. "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." I DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE IT…PLEASE TELL ME IT ISN'T SO !


I don't want to believe this either.
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